By Paige Jones
Photos by Joshualee Vivar & FFA Families
Stafford MSD takes a day off from classes every September around this time to celebrate the opening day of the Fort Bend County Fair. We encourage our community to visit this event for entertainment, livestock shows, food vendors, and carnival rides. Since 1933, it has become one of the largest and most successful fairs in Texas.
Our Future Farmers of America organization at Stafford High School is extremely involved with the event, which is another great reason we encourage Spartans to visit the fair on opening day. Our SHS FFA sponsors Mr. Russell Kujawa and Ms. Paige Jones work hard to supervise students as they prepare for this event. Here are some ways our students are strutting their skills at the 2022 event:
Mayor Cecil Willis, SHS FFA Sponsors Mr. Russell Kujawa and Ms. Paige Jones, and 44 of SHS FFA students make up the entirety of the Recycling Committee. Every day at the fair, there will be students who are solely responsible for recycling the entire event — including areas for the rodeo, shopping, food, livestock, carnival, and concert stage. It’s a huge job, but our students are ready and willing to do the work. Last year we had 20 students working this project, and we are proud to double the involvement.
SHS students Daniel Arismendez and Sherlyn Lopez will be scrambling on Friday, September 30. Jorge Arismendez (SMS) will be scrambling on Saturday, October 1. If these students catch a calf, they will be awarded a $1,000 certificate to purchase a heifer to show at the 2023 FBCF.
AGRICULTURE MECHANIC PROJECTS (Monday, September 26)
Refurbished Livestock Trailer
Custom Fire Pit
Taylor De Leon
Miter Saw Stand
These students have spent the last 6 months raising various species of livestock for the Fort Bend County Fair, in hopes to take home that blue ribbon! They spend mornings before school out at the brand new agriculture barn, then return for long evenings to break and condition their animals to be the best that they can be.
Goats (Friday, September 23)
Ty Garza (SES)
Swine (Sunday, September 25)
Lluvya Sanchez (SMS)
Scramble Heifer (Wednesday, September 28 & Saturday, October 1)
While the high school students have priority on spots at the barn, we do have students from elementary school and middle school who will participate at this event. We are so proud to call each and every one of these students Stafford FFA Members, and encourage you to show your support at their shows! Visit the Fort Bend County Fair for more information: Click Here.
SHS FFA Sponsors Mr. Kujawa and Ms. Jones with students during the ag barn opening ceremony
Senior Gabriella Pedraza with her pig Oreo "Double Stuff"
Junior FFA student Marcus Salinas with his swine
Junior FFA student Joseph Marcha with his heifer
FFA student Roxanne Perez with her swine